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—Carl Sagan (b. 1934) American astronomer noted for research for extraterrestrial life
- Asiana Pilot Was 'Very Concerned' Before California Crash Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:34:00 -0500
- Three people were killed and more than 150 were injured when the South Korean passenger jet crashed at San Francisco International Airport last July. As the NTSB holds an all-day hearing, there's word that the pilot was worried about making a visual approach to the runway.
- Pensions Become Less Certain For Government Workers Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:04:00 -0500
- Governments at all levels are trying to save money by scaling back retirement benefits. Public employees may still end up with more generous plans than their private-sector counterparts, but the days of feeling totally secure about their pension income may be numbered.
- Enrollment Jumps At HealthCare.gov, Though Totals Still Lag Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:06:00 -0500
- As of Nov. 30, more than 137,000 people had obtained health insurance through the federal website. Another 227,000 got coverage through the state exchanges. Users have until Dec. 23 to sign up if they want the health insurance coverage to start Jan. 1, 2014.
- 'Something For Everyone To Dislike' In Budget Deal Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:00:00 -0500
- The bipartisan plan would head off any more budget battles for two years. But it also doesn't cut spending as much as some Republicans want or restore some of the funding that Democrats favor. Both sides being disappointed may be the key to the plan's success, though.
- Exchange Enrollment Growing But Still Short Of Forecasts Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:10:00 -0500
- The Obama administration just released the latest sign-up numbers for its troubled health insurance exchange website. Enrollment picked up last month, after a disastrous start in October. Still, the number of people signing up for coverage is below the administration's original forecasts.
- Sen. Murray On Budget Deal: A 'Compromise' With 'Smarter Cuts' Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:20:00 -0500
- Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan announced a bipartisan budget proposal Tuesday. For more details on the plan, Steve Inskeep speaks with Murray, who led her party in the negotiations.
- Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper' Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:58:58 -0500
- Veterans with "other than honorable" discharges lose benefits like the GI Bill for school or a VA home loan. But they also can't get VA health care and disability compensation, even for the PTSD that may have caused the bad discharge. Such veterans have a few avenues of appeal, but none are simple.
- Parents Worry Schools Overlook Girls Who Aren't College-Bound Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:58:57 -0500
- In a new poll, parents of girls were more likely to say no when asked if schools were sufficiently preparing students for the world of work. And with many well-paying trades still dominated by men, girls may have a harder time succeeding in the workplace without some kind of higher education.
- What's At Stake For States That Reject Medicaid Expansion Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0500
- The Affordable Care Act has produced a surge in the number of people signing up for Medicaid. The ACA offers billions of federal dollars to states to expand Medicaid coverage for the poor. But only 25 states have accepted the federal government's offer, and those that haven't could face economic and budget losses.
- Does Obama-Castro Handshake Signify Shifting Relations? Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0500
- Shortly before eulogizing Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday, President Obama shook hands with Cuban leader Raul Castro and set off much discussion about a possible shift in U.S.-Cuba relations. David Greene talks to Dan Restrepo, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former adviser to Obama on Latin America.
- Budget Proposal Is No 'Grand Bargain' Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0500
- For years, there's been talk in Washington, D.C., about the "grand bargain" — a big deficit-reducing budget deal that rewrites the tax code and trims from the long-term costs of Medicare and Social Security. Tuesday night, Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan announced what can only be described as a small bargain. But if it's approved by the House and Senate, it would avoid another government shutdown in January.
- GM's New CEO Marks A Return To Tradition Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0500
- Mary Barra has broken through the glass ceiling of the auto industry to become the first female CEO of General Motors. She'll take the helm of GM in January. But Barra is actually a return to tradition in other ways: GM will be led by an insider, and an engineer, for the first time in many years.
- What's The Interim Iran Nuclear Deal Really Worth? Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0500
- Renee Montage talks to David Cohen, the U.S. undersecretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, about the sanctions against Iran and their role in curtailing the Iranian nuclear program.
- Kerry Urges Lawmakers To Hold Off On Iran Sanctions Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0500
- Secretary of State John Kerry is calling on lawmakers not to impose further sanctions in Iran as negotiations on reining in Tehran's nuclear program continue. Iranian officials have said new sanctions would kill off any hope of a final deal between Iran and world powers.
- Is Economic Populism A Problem Or A Solution For Democrats? Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:39:00 -0500
- A recent op-ed from a centrist Democratic think tank reignited an intraparty fight over the political pluses and perils of economic populism. But there are good reasons why we're unlikely to see a repeat of the battles of the mid-1980s.